Adaptive management for water quality improvement in the Great Barrier Reef catchments: learning on the edge

Broderick, Kathleen (2008) Adaptive management for water quality improvement in the Great Barrier Reef catchments: learning on the edge. Geographical Research, 46 (3). pp. 303-313.

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Abstract

This paper proposes using an adaptive management approach to achieve water quality improvement in large catchments with multiple diffuse pollutant issues. Adaptive management involves attention to process, and commitment to continually improving knowledge and practice. It also requires an appreciation of differences in understanding of various stakeholders and an ongoing commitment to learning. Based on research with the Burdekin Dry Tropics regional Natural Resource Management group, the paper shows how the acquisition of knowledge about Water Quality Management can be an aim in itself, rather than an activity peripheral to the planning process. To this end, the paper describes the methods used to elicit stakeholders' understandings, explores the variation in understandings between key stakeholders, and describes a process used to incorporate the various views in an adaptive management framework for managing water quality. The research findings reveal the importance of process and participation for adaptive management and suggest that success can be judged in terms of learning outcomes.

Item ID: 24325
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1745-5871
Keywords: adaptive management; water quality; learning; NRM; Great Barrier Reef
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2012 05:03
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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